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Mt Juliet's 'Providence' town center for rail

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The East Nashville suburb of Mt Juliet - a no downtown sprawlville - has created a master plan to create a downtown now that the commuter rail project has a go and Mt Juliet will be one of the main stops. Basically they are creating a less centrally planned quasi new-urbanist community.

Its not a new urbanist village per se, but rather a planned project leased out to two different companies to create both a housing and "marketplace" component.

Providence officially broke ground June 2, 2004. You can find more information from the three PDF files linked below:

http://www.cityofmtjuliet.org/tables/Mt.%2...ting%20Info.pdf

http://www.cityofmtjuliet.org/tables/towncenter1.pdf

http://www.doingbiz.org/JECDB%20Newsletter%20July%202004.pdf

As I said before, there are two components to this project. There is a 3,200 unit housing development that includes both townhomes and single detached family housing. This is being created by a Brentwood, TN company. There is also something called Providence Marketplace which is being created by a firm from Charlotte, NC and is going to include Belk as one of the stores. It is not a mall, but in a car-friendly town center format. Not sure how this is going to work out, but here are a few clips and maps of the plan.

providence1.gif

providence2.gif

providence3.gif

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It would seem to me there are a lot of good ideas floating around the Nashville area, but there is not a cohesive plan to tie it all together.  From one who doesn't live there, I think Nashville could use a regional planning authority that would help to do this.

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Ever heard of Cumberland Region Tomorrow? Nashville actually has several cooperating programs that operate throughout the region and tackle problems like sprawl, transportation, and pollution on a regional level. This usually includes the CMSA and Clarksville.

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